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Retire in DeBary, Florida?
Overview: Twenty-six miles northeast of Orlando in northeastern Florida, DeBary is a pleasant community bordered by Lake Monroe, the St. John's River and the Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park. It is named after Frederick deBary, a prosperous wine merchant who settled here in 1871.
The city is leafy and lush, sprinkled with thousands of live oak trees, cypress trees and southern magnolia trees. It is also an official bird sanctuary. There are modest neighborhoods with older, concrete block ranch ramblers, as well as master planned developments with beautiful Mediterraneans and recently planted palm trees. King's Lake is a leafy, low maintenance 55+ community with homes situated around a lake. One of DeBary's highlights is its extensive parks system, which is anchored by 110-acre River City Nature Park. Despite its booming growth, which has been 175% in the last 10 to 20 years, DeBary has a reputation as a well-managed place. Yearly festivals include the Autumn Harvest Festival and the Father and Daughter Dance.
The Gateway Center for the Arts has a farmers' market, dance performances, theater productions and art workshops. Shopping is limited and generally takes place in neighboring Sanford or Orange City. Canaveral National Seashore is just 30 miles away.
Population: 20,000 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 50%
Cost of Living: Meets the national average
Median Home Price: $185,000
Climate: This area has a humid subtropical, meaning two seasons a year. Summers and early fall are hot and humid, while late fall and winter are less humid and cooler. On average, the area receives 55 inches of rain per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City is five miles away and accepts Medicare patients.
At Least One Hospital is Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City is five miles away and is accredited.
Public Transit: Yes, provided by Votran, but it is limited. SunRail, a fairly new commuter rail system, travels south into Orlando.
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Nearly split down the middle
Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: Parts of DeBary are prone to flooding during hurricanes and tropical storms. The air quality is below the national average.
Notes: Lake Monroe is primarily a fishing lake.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
Named Pascua Florida by Juan Ponce De Leon, the Sunshine State did not enter the Union until March 3, 1845. Balmy mild winters began attracting snowbirds to the state in the late 19th century. Retirees continue to flock to the state. It's not hard to see why tourism has become the leading industry.
International trade and citrus are also major contributors to the state's economy. Eighty percent of the nation's oranges and grapefruits are grown here, and 40 percent of all U.S. exports to Latin America flow through Florida.
Florida's landscape includes uplands and coastal plains. It contains more than 11,000 miles of waterways and about 4,500 islands spread across 10 acres.
The state has 1,250 more golf courses than any other state in the Union. The 47 mile Pinellas Trail is the longest urban trail on the east coast. Orlando theme parks attract more visitors than any other theme parks in the U.S. The only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles co-exist is in National Everglades Park.
Florida, particularly the Keys and the Gulf Coast, was struck by Category 4 Hurricane Irma in early September, 2017. Towns will rebuild, perhaps this time with climate change in mind, making them safer and better equipped to handle major hurricanes going forward.
Population - 20,612,439
Persons 65 years old and over - 20%
High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 87%
Bachelor's degree or higher, persons age 25+ - 27%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 24%
White persons, not Hispanic - 58%
Median household income - $47,525
Median home value - $159,900
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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